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Helpers, Heroes and Liberators
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

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Spring 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the death of Anne Frank, and end of World War II in Europe. To commemorate these monumental events which altered the course of history, The Anne Frank Center USA will present two special exhibitions and series of programs that honor the victims, survivors and “upstanders” of World War II—the helpers, heroes and liberators. By focusing on personal stories of Holocaust survivors and the righteous rescuers who helped so many, the Center will honor the memory and legacy of Anne Frank and all those who perished 70 years ago. These programs reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that new generations know this essential history and learn to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s world.

All commemorative events are free for Holocaust survivors

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Artifacts and Memory: The Drawings of Nancy Patz

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

March 11 – April 30

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Opening reception Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Inspired by an object on display at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, author and illustrator Nancy Patz’s beautiful, moving series of pencil drawings from 2003 titled Who Was the Woman Who wore the Hat? comprises subdued watercolors and old photographs.Historical and personal, these images, and the story they tell, bring the reality of the Holocaust into sharp focus through an unknown woman’s hat. The series is displayed for the first time as an exhibition at The Anne Frank Center USA, along with a selection from The Artifacts Drawings, a 2014 series exploring Holocaust artifacts and memory.

To be accompanied by a series of workshops and artist lectures.

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Funding provided by the Puffin Foundation West

 

Steal a Pencil for Me
Part of AFCís Human Rights film series
A special program marking Yom HaShoah and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Wednesday April 15 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

To mark Yom HaShoah and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, The Anne Frank Center USA will host a special screening of Steal a Pencil for Me, the compelling documentary feature film about the power of love and the ability of humankind to rise above unimaginable suffering. Set in Holland in 1943, Steal a Pencil for Me tells the moving true story of Jack and Ina Polak, and the secret love letters they wrote which sustained them during the horrors of war.

The screening will be introduced by Jack and Ina’s daughter, Margrit Polak, and their granddaughter, Sofi, and will include the unveiling of new video footage of the couple in the AFC gallery.

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In the Unlikeliest of Places
Reading and Discussion with Annette Libeskind Berkovits
Part of the Writing and Resistance literary series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Tuesday April 21 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In the Unlikeliest of Places: How Nachman Libeskind Survived the Nazis, Gulags, and Soviet Communism tells of the author’s father’s escape from a pre-war Polish prison, the Nazi invasion of Lodz, imprisonment in a Soviet gulag, and trek to freedom through the foothills of the Himalayas.

To be followed by a Q & A and book signing.

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Lessons and Legacies of the Holocaust: The Trauma of Survival and Return
Panel discussion

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Thursday April 23 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

NYU Professor and Anne Frank Center USA Advisory Board member Dr. Rolf Wolfswinkel joins Dr. Dienke Hondius, Associate Professor of Contemporary History at Free University Amsterdam, and Dr. Ellen G. Friedman, Professor of English and Womenís & Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey, to discuss Holocaust trauma and identity.

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I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Poetry after Auschwitz
Part of the Writing and Resistance literary series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Thursday April 28 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In honor of National Poetry month, The AFC will host an evening of poetry commemorating the end of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Join poets Timothy Donnelly, Lynn Melnick and Matthea Harvey as they read excerpts from the remarkable writing of Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs, among others, as well as from their own work, addressing themes of remembrance, resistance and loss.

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